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Luzhkov, Backed by Party, Hangs On

Mayor Yury Luzhkov defiantly fought back Tuesday against an unprecedented smear campaign on state television, promising that he would not resign. “I do not fear those attacks and will fight,” he told a United Russia meeting in the capital.

Microsoft Blankets NGOs, Media With Free Licenses

Microsoft Corporation said it will temporarily legalize pirated software used by Russian nongovernmental organizations and independent news media, to shield them from authorities who crack down on critics by accusing them of piracy.

Citizenship Hurdle for Svyazinvest Candidate

By Timofei Dzyadko / Vedomosti
Vadim Semyonov, the Communications and Press Ministry's nominee for CEO of Svyazinvest, has dual citizenship, and that could complicate a job that requires Russian security clearance.

New Watchdog to Monitor Court Web Sites

A prominent human rights activist and two lawyers have created a public watchdog that will demand transparency from the courts, the founders said Tuesday.

City Hall Declares War on Street Banners

In an effort to improve views in downtown Moscow, City Hall is pushing to eliminate banner advertisements within the Garden Ring over the next three years, significantly damaging a market worth $50 million last year.

Rights Groups Undergo Surprise Checks

Leading human rights groups said Tuesday that prosecutors have initiated a hasty series of in-depth checks of their papers ahead of October elections. Targets include Moscow Helsinki Group and the Russian branch of Transparency International.

Shareholder Spat Prompts Lenta Fistfight

A bitter shareholder conflict at hypermarket chain Lenta sparked a fistfight at the firm's headquarters on Tuesday, leading to 20 people being detained by police.

U.S. in Final Push to Endorse New START

The Associated Press
A senior U.S. senator has offered a plan aimed at overcoming objections by his fellow Republicans to a nuclear arms control treaty with Russia.

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